Friday, 10-May-2013 15:30:38 MDT
Saline County, Arkansas
(from November 1980 Melting Pot)
This cemetery is located on the old George James Homestead in Saline County, Arkansas. George James homesteaded this land between 1830-1832. The cemetery was then known as Geurin Cemetery. His granddaughter married Charlie Ewell, and the cemetery soon became known as the Ewell-Geurin Cemetery. From Highway 5 take Highway 9 North about three miles to the first low-water bridge. Turn right on a dirt road which leads to the gate of the old George James property (almost a mile down the road). See photos or more photographs on an off-site link.
New directions by Patti Vance Hays; take Highway 9 North until you get to the Alum Fork Ranch Road; take a right and go about 3/4 mile. The cemetery is on privately-owned property and you should get permission before visiting the cemetery.
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(Editor's note: Lewis Fletcher James was one of the youngest children of Mina and George James and since this stone was not erected until many years after their deaths, I assume he had forgotten Mina's correct age. In the 1860 Mortality Schedule for Saline County her age is given: age 48, died of flu, sick 3 days.)
Robinson, Arminda J, wife of D V Robinson, died July 4, 1869, aged 18 yrs, 5 mos, 24 days
Blevins, C T, born December 12, 1853 - died August 13, 1875 "There is Rest"
Chennault, Fina C, wife of John S, died November 21, 1877, aged 20 yrs, 8 months [closeup] [The surname was no longer legible; the prior reading showed it to be Chennault; however, John's marker is spelled Chenault - pvh]
Caldwell, Mary J, April 17, 1834 - August 3, 1905
Hickman, Loretter I, daughter of Naomi Hickman, aged 1 month, 23 days [Note from writer of article: I think they were buried in the same grave and had same headstone.]
Ewell, Nancy E, wife of C D, born September 1, 1873 - October 26, 1907. "Beautiful, lovely She was but given A fair bud on earth to blossom in Heaven"
Ewell, Charles D, February 19, 1866 - April 18, 1947. Rubicon Lodge #627
Ewell, Garland H, son of C D and N E, January 13, 1893 - August 5, 1896 [year of death corrected by pvh]
Ewell, Charles C, son of C D and N E, July 5, 1902 - July 16, 1907
Tittle, Dellar Chenault, born February 15, 1893
James, A B, died June 30 1885, 24 yrs, 8 mos, 18 days. Erected by his wife, M A James
Chenault, Laura E, wife of John S. 1872 - 1911
Chenault, John S, February 1856 - April 14, 1914
Jackson, Baby December 22, 1930 [added by pvh]
Ewell, Baby June 14, 1913 Mags Twin Brother "With God" [added by pvh]
James, Daughter [pvh: a descendant of Lewis Fletcher James says this was a daughter of his and Nancy and that she died as a child. The marker has no name; added by pvh]
Spencer, Geneva (Mrs. Sam) died April 15, 1919 at age 20 [her burial is based on Saline County, Arkansas Obituaries and Death Notices 1823 - 1930 Indexed by Eddie G. Landreth and was added by pvh]
Garner, Nellie James died August 14, 1919 [click here for obituary; added by pvh]
There are quite a number of unmarked graves in this cemetery. It is on private property, surrounded by a wire fence, has a number of trees on it. The property was the original homestead of George and Mina (Price) James who settled here in 1825 (according to Goodspeed's History and Biographical Memoirs). The property was inherited by Lewis Fletcher James and sold to two Shemin brothers (one a doctor in Little Rock and one a doctor in Tennessee) about 1967 by Frank Ewell, grandson of L. F. James. The original log cabin built by George James is still standing on the property. The bricks for the fireplace and foundation were fired on the place by George James and the original 400 acres are still mostly intact. Photos of the George James Place may be found here.